I need help hen looks to have white film over her eye

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dixie2003, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. dixie2003

    dixie2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    Please help answer if you can my hen has a white film that has devolped over her eye what could cause this and should she be put down?
     
  2. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post pictures?
    And a bit more info would be good too, like age, breed, etc [​IMG]
     
  3. dixie2003

    dixie2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    I cant get a pick cause it is storming right now but she is a 2 year old ameraucana. she is not acting like she is sick but she does not see you at all when you come on her left side it looks like she might be blind you cant see her eye at all but her right eye is fine she is eating and drinking and is active.
     
  4. dixie2003

    dixie2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    she lied a egg 2 days ago for the first time since she molted. but when i found it they had broke it and were eating it
     
  5. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like it could be her third eyelid is stuck - does it look like this?

    [​IMG]

    If a hen's eye is pecked or injured it can sometimes affect this inner eyelid. There's a chance she might have an eye infection.
    Do you have anywhere you could get some rythromycin (broad spectrum antibiotic) ophthalmic ointment? In a pinch you can use human eye drops, I think.

    Is it definitely white, and not gray?
     
  6. dixie2003

    dixie2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    its like that kinda but you can not see the eye at all its covered all white.
     
  7. dixie2003

    dixie2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have 2 roosters do you think that they might be the ones who did it?
     
  8. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be anything from the roosters to a sharp twig or another hen, really.

    If it's solid white it isn't the eyelid and is more likely an infection. Flush her eye with salt water for now, if she'll let you.
    Look for a layer of white gunk that's covering her eye, to confirm it. You might see it moving a bit when you rinse it out.

    I'd definitely be looking at getting her antibiotics asap. Preferably eye-drops but anything is better than nothing.
     
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  9. dixie2003

    dixie2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    so if she does not get any better should we put her down ?
     
  10. stargirl

    stargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't do anything hasty. Take her out from the flock, treat her and give her some time to recover. It should be very treatable [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011

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